The Campaign Organization of the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organisation (AMCO), has vowed that the Ambode would send the incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, out of office in 2023.
The chairman of AMCO and former Commissioner for Energy and Mineral resources, Wale Oluwo, made this known during a radio programme, CityTalks with Reuben Abati.
Oluwo claim that Ambode has been working “silently” to put structures in place that would remove Sanwo Olu who is the anointed candidate of the Governor’s Advisory Council GAC.
The Governor’s Advisory Council is the supreme decision making body of the ruling Lagos All Progressives Congress APC.
Recall that GAC was said to have reportedly endorsed Sanwo-Olu for second term in office some few days ago.
The former governor’s group leader faulted GAC for endorsing Sanwo-Olu, saying the position of GAC is not a reflection of Lagos APC members.
“GAC doesn’t have such powers. Ambode did well. AMCO candidates will pick the nomination forms next week. We want to be the driver of that change in Lagos,” he said.
According to him, though they are in support of Ambode, he may not emerge as the group’s candidate.
“You don’t need a federal appointment to fight for your space in your state. You just need the right strategy and funding. AMCO is not bereft of that. AMCO is a major group in APC, we will participate in the election and be victorious by the grace of God.
“We are back to implement the change we desired in 2019. Our people have been collecting the nomination forms. Making noise about the forms collected doesn’t add any value to your form. We will collect governorship form next week.”
Oluwo also noted that Bola Tinubu is not his preferred presidential aspirant.
When asked what could be Ambode’s game plan after failing to win the party’s ticket in 2018, he replied, “We cannot compare 2019 with 2023, they are not the same. This is because the national leadership of the party we had in 2019 is not the same that we have in 2022.”
He claimed that a study had been conducted and the outcome showed Lagosians are not getting dividends of democracy under the present administration compared to what was obtainable during Ambode’s administration in the state.